By Interactive Metronome - March 4, 2015

Spring to Attention

 

Oh March…so much to do and so little time. With longer days and warmer weather, people are excited to get out of the house and get active in their communities again. March is home to not just one, but six awareness months in our Provider network. Add to that St. Patrick’s Day and the beginning of Spring and you have got yourself a pretty busy month.

Brain Injury Awareness Month:

This is obviously a big one for us. Everybody knows how much we love the brain, and seeing one limited by injury is tough for us to take. Often, these injuries affect Neurotiming®, or the natural timing and rhythm of the brain’s networks. The damage may cut off portions of the brain and hinder the passage of signals. When this happens, it is hard for the brain to effectively and efficiently communicate with itself and your body.

Since brain injuries cause some signals to come in late, some to arrive early and some to be missed, there is literally no way of knowing how a brain injury may affect a person. Problems with memory, attention, balance, daily tasks, speech and behavior are just a few of the serious symptoms associated with brain injuries. Sadly, these injuries often strike those that are building our homes, manufacturing our heavy equipment and protecting our borders and lives.

But there is hope. By restoring the brain’s Neurotiming® we can help individuals recover from many of the devastating effects of brain injuries. We have been fortunate to be involved with so many wonderful initiatives and we want to spread the word. Check out some of these great FREE resources from IM:

·      Reconnecting After Concussion: Addressing PCS with IM

·      IM for Rehab of Blast Related TBI

·      DVBIC Study Infographic

 

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month:

The CDC estimates that one in six, or about 15%, of children in the US between the ages of 3-17 have one or more developmental disabilities. With the overcrowding in schools and the erratic nature of daily life, helping these children reach their full potential is becoming increasingly difficult.

When children aren’t meeting developmental milestones, it can create anxiety and depression. This only serves to create more problems for children, ultimately leading to missed assignments, behavioral issues and kids being held back in school. We don’t like the sound of that, especially when IM training can help children succeed in the classroom, on the field and in daily life. Find out more here:

·      IM Best Practices: An Educator’s Approach

·      Treating Moderate-Severe Pediatric Conditions with IM

·      Improving Reading with Interactive Metronome

 

National Cerebral Palsy Month:

Cerebral palsy may be the most common motor disability in children, but many kids with CP also experience problems with vision, communication and cognition. That means any treatment should include a motor component and cognitive exercises, which is what makes IM training so amazing! We focus on sustained attention, memory, processing and sensory integration while also incorporating balance and coordinated movement.

Check out our new Cerebral palsy page to find heartwarming success stories, research and webinars designed to help Providers and parents gain a better understanding of CP.

 

Trisomy Awareness Month:

Down syndrome is probably the most recognizable chromosomal disorder, and it is caused by trisomy 21. With so many developmental conditions stemming from trisomy-related disorders, it is no surprise that the conditions share an awareness month. Here are a few common trisomy-related disorders:

·      Warkany syndrome 2 (Trisomy 8)

·      Trisomy 9

·      Patau syndrome (Trisomy 13)

·      Trisomy 16

·      Edwards syndrome (Trisomy 18)

·      Down syndrome (Trisomy 21)

·      Trisomy 22 – can lead to a variety of disorders, including Emanuel syndrome, Phelan-McDermid syndrome and “Cat Eye” syndrome.

·      Sex chromosome trisomy – Triple X syndrome (XXX), Klinefelter syndrome (XXY) and Jacob’s syndrome (XYY)

Check out our resources on early intervention and working with children below:

·      The Use of Interactive Metronome® in Infancy

·      Treating Moderate-Severe Pediatric Conditions with IM

 

National Social Workers Month:

Social workers are on the front lines of mental, behavioral and emotional health. Social workers are employed by hospitals, clinics, schools, HR departments and government agencies to ensure improvement in daily life and subjective well-being. Essentially, social workers make sure poverty, government intervention, our daily jobs, civil rights issues and disabilities don’t adversely affect us.

It is a big job, and often thankless. So, quite simply “thank you.” Thank you for everything you do to help so many individuals manage the perils of daily life.

 

National Nutrition Month:

Okay, so this one isn’t just big for our Providers and clients; this one is big for everybody. What you eat affects how you feel, which affects your brain. What you eat also determines which building blocks your body has available, which affects your brain. What you eat can make you sick, which affects your brain. What you eat affects your sleep, which affects your brain…and so on.

You get the idea; what you eat is a big deal. We talk about it all the time. In fact, we wrote a book about it. Find out how your next meal is going to help your brain succeed or doom it to failure in our innovative eBook on brain food.

 

There you have it, a lot of initiatives to be aware of in March. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get out there and spread the good news. IM training is versatile and functional, which allows our Providers to work with clients from all walks of life. With more successes come more great stories. And that is what it is all about…more great stories of a life restored!

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